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Holidays of Light

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Diane Collier

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Holidays of Light Many people around the world celebrate Light winning over Dark or the light we can see inside each other and we can share with the world Even though different children from different places might DRESS different from you or they might EAT different foods Children all over the world enjoy special celebrations.
special foods
time with family
special songs or clothes to wear
traditions
It makes us HAPPY! Ramadan/
Eid al-Fitr Diwali Hanukkah Christmas Kwanzaa New Year Muslims fast, pray, think of Allah (God) of of Muhammad's teachings, give to the needy and vow to become better people. Ramadan is for one month. Eid al-Fitr is the festival at the end of Ramadan. During Ramadan people fast from sunup to sundown. Dates are the traditional food with which to break the daily fast. A crowd of people at the mosque during Ramadan Hindus and Sikhs celebrate this Festival of Lights for up to 5 days in India. The word "diwali" means "rows of lamps". Many small oil lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of good over evil as told in a famous story about Rama and Sita. Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, an eight day Festival of Lights in December. Following the Hebrew calendar; this year Hanukkah starts on Wednesday, December 1st at sunset. People also celebrate with lanterns at the end of Ramadan Hanukkah celebrates a miracle of light. Two thousand years ago, determined Jewish men took back their temple from another army. When the priests went to light the candle in the temple, they found only enough oil to burn for one night. But the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days. To remember the miracle of the oil, Jewish people light the menorah, one candle each night for eight nights. Children play a game called Dreidel. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th. Many people celebrate Christmas in different ways depending on where they live. Christmas in Mexico Christmas in the USA Christmas in Sweden December 13th is St. Lucia Day. The oldest girl in a family dresses up as St. Lucia, wearing a wreath of candles on her head. She brings her parents breakfast in bed. or there is a St. Lucia procession followed by singing songs. Many communities will celebrate with Las Posadas. People, often children, will re-enact Joseph and Mary's search for an inn on the eve of baby Jesus' birth. The parade goes from door to door singing and asking for shelter. They are refused at each home until the last one welcomes them in for a celebration. In some areas, such as the Yucatan, people will decorate a branch from any tree (la rama) during Christmas celebrations. La Rama procession will happen at night when people carry their branches and go from house to house asking for little treats and singing. Many Christmas symbols come from people long ago who celebrated the return of the sun at Winter Solstice and the plants that were able to stay green all year, even through the darkest and coldest time of year. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and is celebrated by many African-Americans. It was created in 1966 to honor African harvest traditions that had been lost when people were brought to the US as slaves hundreds of years before. Each night a new candle is lit for 7 nights, one for each of 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Winter Solstice Winter solstice is the longest night of the year (and shortest day) when our part of the world (the Northern Hemisphere) has it's farthest tilt away from the sun.

People are believed to have been celebrating this turning point in the year as far back as 4,000 years ago! These sun images are from rock paintings of the Chumash, who occupied coastal California for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived.

Many cultures today still observe special celebrations in honor of the winter solstice. Chinese New Year 2010 is Year of the Tiger
Year of the Rabbit starts on 2/3/2011 Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is celebrated in many Asian countries and in many different ways.

Many things are done during this time for good luck, such as a thorough cleaning of the house: to sweep away bad luck and make way for good luck. Children often receive red packets that are usually filled with money. January 1st for us. Many different people have their own New Year's traditions--some for New Year's Eve and some for New Year's Day. Many traditions involve the idea of doing something for good luck in the new year. Or making some kind of changes to be a better person. Each year, millions of people watch the New Year's Eve Ball in New York City's Times Square. At 11:59 p.m., the Ball begins to drop as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year!

Lots of people have parties on New Year's Eve with family and friends to count down until the end of the year. Of course, there are many, many other holidays and ways that people celebrate the seasons of their lives

have fun learning about them! Other traditions came from people from other countries who brought their traditions to the United States.
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